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Find SCIPIO records in WorldCat

Discover how to search for SCIPIO records in WorldCat using Connexion client.

About searching for SCIPIO records

  • SCIPIO records are fully integrated into WorldCat. 
    • All standard WorldCat indexes apply to SCIPIO records. 
    • You can also use SCIPIO-specific indexes
    • Any list of WorldCat search results may include SCIPIO records. 
  • You can also restrict searches to SCIPIO records only.

    However, the restriction applies only to guided searches. Neither command line searching nor command line or guided browsing can be limited to SCIPIO records only. See more about command line versus guided searches below. 
  • You can use SCIPIO-specific indexes in any type of searching or browsing. 
     Note: Although browsing (scanning) a SCIPIO-specific index retrieves primarily SCIPIO records, browse results may also include non-SCIPIO records, since browsing cannot be restricted to SCIPIO-only records.

Search for SCIPIO records only

 Note: Anyone can set the SCIPIO-only search option.

To retrieve SCIPIO records conveniently and efficiently, set an option to limit results to SCIPIO records only.

  1. Navigate to Cataloging > Search > WorldCat, click Search WorldCat button, or press <F2>.
  2. In the Search WorldCat window, click Options.
  3. In the Search Options window, select the Retrieve only SCIPIO records check box.
    • Option selected: Connexion searches only SCIPIO records, that is, those with the code scipio in field 042, using both standard WorldCat indexes and SCIPIO indexes.
    • Option not selected (default setting): Connexion searches all WorldCat records, including SCIPIO records.

    • The client keeps your setting when you close and reopen or upgrade the client software until you change it.
    • The client applies this option only when you enter guided searches.

For general information on searching, see Search WorldCat interactively.

See a list of SCIPIO-specific indexes and the fields and subfields included for each one.

For comprehensive information on WorldCat indexes, see Searching WorldCat Indexes.

Construct a search using SCIPIO-specific indexes

 Note: Anyone can use SCIPIO-specific indexes.

As for any WorldCat search, you can construct a search using SCIPIO indexes in two ways:

  • Command line search - Construct a full syntax search (index label, punctuation, search term, Boolean operators combining additional search terms in different indexes, and/or qualifiers, all in correct order and format) using the Command Line Search area of the Search WorldCat window or using the WorldCat quick search tool on the toolbar.
  • Guided search - Enter term(s) and select indexes; if needed, select Boolean operators to combine search terms in different indexes, and/or select qualifiers using the Keyword/Numeric Search area of the Search WorldCat or Browse WorldCat window. When you send the search, Connexion constructs the search using the elements you selected.

     Note: Always use a guided search if you select the option to retrieve SCIPIO records only. 

The following table gives details and examples for using SCIPIO-specific indexes in command line and guided searches:

Type of search/open the search window Procedure
Use a command line search:

Navigate to Cataloging > Search > WorldCat and use the Command Line Search area.


Use the WorldCat quick search box on the toolbar.

 Note: The option to limit searches to SCIPIO records does not apply to command line searches or browse queries.
  1. To enter a search in the command line, enter the SCIPIO index label, the correct punctuation (: or =). and then the search term. Do not enter a space after the index label.
    To enter a browse query, precede the search string with the scan (sca) command. 
  2. (Optional) For searches only, include Boolean operators followed by different index labels and search terms to combine searches or add qualifiers. 
  3. When ready, click OK to send the search.

Command line search examples:

  • ah:bloomsbury
  • ah:sotheby* and ds:1999

Command line browse example: sca ah=bloomsbury book auctions

See the list of SCIPIO indexes for labels.

 Note: In the Search WorldCat window, if you do only command line searches, click Expand/Collapse to show only the command line search box.

Use a guided search:

Navigate to Cataloging > Search > WorldCat and use the Keyword/Numeric Search area.


Navigate to Cataloging > Browse > WorldCat.

 Note: You must use the Browse WorldCat window to enter a guided browse query.
  1. To select a SCIPIO index, be sure to expand the index list from a default short list to a comprehensive list: Click the Plus button (Plus button) to the right above the index drop-down list.
  2. Enter a search term in an entry box. 
  3. Click to open the index list next to the entry box.
  4. Scroll the alphabetized list to SCIPIO. 
  5. Click the name of the SCIPIO index you want to use. 
  6. (Optional) Enter a search term in another entry box, select a different index and a Boolean operator to combine searches.
    Select or enter qualifiers. 
  7. When ready, click OK to send the search.

 Note: To add the SCIPIO indexes to the short index list:

  • Click the Personalized list button (Personalized List button) next to the Plus button (Plus button) to open the Customize Short List of Indexes window. Add SCIPIO indexes and/or move them to the top for quicker access.

See comprehensive information on WorldCat searching and browsing in the client.

Results of searching WorldCat without using the SCIPIO-only option

  • WorldCat search results remain the same.
     Note: Because SCIPIO records are included in all WorldCat indexes, search results from any search may include SCIPIO records.
  • WorldCat brief lists and truncated lists include indicators that identify SCIPIO records, as described in About SCIPIO records.

Results of searching WorldCat using the SCIPIO-only option

Types of WorldCat list SCIPIO-specific characteristics
Group list Records are divided into groups by date of sale rather than by publication date. The date column is labeled Date of Sale.

Otherwise, the group list is the same as for other WorldCat search results.
Brief list Remains the same as for other WorldCat search results.
Truncated list
  • Entries are sorted by sale date, beginning with the most recent date. 
  • Column 5 has the heading Date of Sale and contains the sale date from field 033. If field 033 represents a range or more than one date, only the first date is shown. Dates appear in yyyy-mm-dd format. 
  • Column 6, labeled L (Contributing Library), contains the code S for SCIPIO. 

See more about the characteristics of WorldCat lists.

Use SCIPIO search results

With some restrictions, you can use SCIPIO records much as you use other WorldCat records. For details, see Permissions and limitations for using SCIPIO records.

Check the SCIPIO status of your logon authorization in View > User Information.